Trump’s aggressive moves stir unease
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powers avoid a trade war for the good of both countries.
“This past week has been shocking,” Gordon H. Chang, director of Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University, told China Daily in a written response to questions.
Chang said he believes chances for a difficult and dangerous period ahead in China-US relations have increased as Trump seems to be pushing his agenda ahead aggressively without thought or deliberation.
Asked about the likelihood of Trump fulfilling all of his China-related campaign promises, the professor of history said, “He won’t forget about China; he also plays to the public and China bashing is popular in the US.”
Chang said China should be “careful but firm” and “prudent” and see what Trump will do.
Nicholas Hope, former director of the China program at the Stanford Center for International Development, said that although he has no grounds to conclude that Trump will be able to follow through on all of his campaign promises, actions to date suggest that he intends to do so, no matter how they affect the United States’ long-term interests.
“As the two largest trading powers, at all costs the two countries must avoid being drawn into a punishing trade war that could send the world back to the 1930s,” Hope said.